PHILADELPHIA – The #22/24 Thomas Jefferson University men's basketball team (14-2, 7-0 CACC) erased a second half deficit and pulled away in the final five minutes to top Goldey-Beacom (7-9, 4-3 CACC), 64-52 at the Gallagher Center on Wednesday night.
The Lightning jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the opening half. They increased their advantage to nine (15-6) with 11:28 on the clock. With the score 17-10, the Rams got hot to the tune of eight straight points to take their first lead of the contest (18-17) with 7:07 to go. There were four ties in the last seven minutes and the teams were even at 31 at halftime.
Jefferson converted a free throw to open the second half before GBC countered with an 8-0 run to go in front 39-32. The Rams followed with a 17-4 stretch to take over, 49-43, with 8:36 to play. Senior Prince Hickson and sophomore Deondre Bourne each scored six points in the rally. The Lightning closed the gap to two (53-51) with 6:45 remaining but Jefferson pulled away with 11 points in a row and allowed just one more point the rest of the way. The Rams forced GBC to go 0-for-6 for the rest of the game and forced four turnovers.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Senior DeVaughn Mallory recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds. He also blocked two shots.
- Hickson posted 14 points and nine boards.
- Senior Kylan Guerra and Bourne each scored 13 points with Guerra dishing seven assists.
- Senior Josh Bradanese grabbed seven rebounds.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams were 23-for-50 (46.0%) on field goals, 3-for-14 (21.4%) on three-pointers and 15-for-19 (78.9%) on foul shots.
- Jefferson controlled the glass by a 37-24 margin.
- Mallory recorded his 800th point as a Ram.
- The Rams' three makes from beyond the arc was tied for their fewest in a game this season.
- It is the 1,110th career victory for head coach Herb Magee.
Jefferson heads to Dominican (N.Y.) to take on the defending CACC champion Chargers on Saturday, January 18 at 4:05 p.m. The game will be aired on the NCAA Division II Facebook and Twitter pages as part of the Division II Showcase.